Photo Books

If there is one object in my home that I love most, it would be my photo albums. Before Facebook and the digital age, I collected and scrap-booked so many photos. I have year books, scrapbooks of mission trips & high school camp, and piles of photos printed from Walgreens (with film!!)
You know that whole question, “if your house was about to burn down what would you save?” Well, that was my reality in 2012 with the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs. I had thought about that question so long, answered it in numerous ice breaker games, and even kept all my photos in an organized space but when the fire hit and my house was evacuated, I was in the car – stuck in the traffic fleeing my neighborhood. I couldn’t go back. 
With the clothes on my back I stayed a week away from my home wondering what would be left. My pictures. That is what I would miss the most. Everything else was replaceable besides those pictures. 
The benefit of the digital age is that it is much easier to not lose your photos. I have years chronicled on this blog, social media filled with snapshots and Instagrams, and a phone that uploads all my pictures to Google+. It is a blessing and a curse because so often we keep our photos on our hard drives and Facebook accounts and not decorating our home or placed into scrap books. 
I want to change that. To print digital scrap books and photos for frames. I want my home to look lived in, to look through photos with friends and family, and to give life to the photos I love so much. 
I was thrilled when I discovered Montage Photo Books. They really are effortless and are super high quality. The only other book I had made was for our wedding, but now I want to add more simple ones – like a family vacation, a year in the life, or little everyday adventures. 

Do you print out any of your photos into photo books? Have you used Montage before? What would you save from your home if it was about to burn down?

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • As you can probably guess… there are TONS of photo books in our house… in all varieties. Right now I'm printing photos out and using pages like We R Memory Keepers to put them in… something about the old school printed out photo is nice!

  • Oh my goodness. I just browsed their site and played with the sample pictures, and it's so user friendly! I love the clean, crisp lines and look. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing! I'm obsessed. πŸ™‚

  • I really like how your photo book turned out! It's crazy how I have thousands of pictures of my computer but only a handful printed in my house. I've been thinking about this lately since we just took engagement pictures, and soon I'll have wedding pictures too. I definitely don't want them all to sit on the computer! I need to make a point of making books like this or printing them out to frame.

  • Thanks for sharing! I have the same problem: all my photos are saved on my laptop + hard disk + private Flickr but there are only photos of my childhood displayed in my house or in my albums. Such a shame!

  • This is SO cute beth! Also, you know I love to print me some pictures. πŸ™‚

  • I love these!! I've been wanting to make a photo book lately, and I think that will be added to my goals list for this spring. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Gorgeous photos OF the photos! Gosh, you're talented. There is nothing quite like seeing your work on paper, and photo books are my favorite! Already planning a "first year of marriage" one. πŸ™‚

  • Eryn Ivey

    I've been on this kick too! I havent heard of this brand before though – only shutterfly!

  • Your photos and these books are so stunning! I find that I never look at pictures on my computer, and the only way I'll revisit them is if I print them as an album. Thanks for this new resource — I will definitely check out Montage.

  • Those books are so cool! I love that they lay down flat!!! I have tried keeping up on scrapbooking but there just aren't enough hours in a day. I think I may have to give in and start ordering books like this!

  • Yes, I finally did and it is so worth it! Plus you spend about the same amount (or even save) because you do not need to buy all the scrapbooking supplies!

  • I've been looking for a great photo book for our family pictures, thanks for sharing this great one Elizabeth! Beautiful photos!

  • Yes you do!

  • There are so many quality places out there! Mixbook ( ) and Blurb ( ) are also some of my go-tos

  • Anna,
    Thanks lady! You are SO sweet! I totally love that first year of marriage one!

  • You totally should! Print those things!

  • YES! I love that about you Meg. Always taking photos and printing photos!

  • RIGHT?!?! I am all about clean, crisp, and user friendly! So wonderful! I am glad!!!

  • Yes! Print them! I love making a collection of books because you can keep them on the coffee table and be able to look through so many more than you can hang in a house!

  • Our futures will be different with the digital age! But still, don't forget to make physical copies of the ones hidden on your computer!

  • You are so welcome! And yes! I want to make this more of a habit and just have a basket of photo books for kids, family, friends, and guests to look through!

  • You are so welcome! I think this would be such a fun family book!

  • I've been on the search for a good photo photo for ages now — thanks so much for sharing, Elizabeth! Your album is absolutely gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  • These are so beautiful! Literally everything is framed in the context of my wedding right now, so of course this made me want to make a book from our wedding photos in September! Or our engagement shoot, even! Do you feel like the quality of these is higher than, say, Shutterfly? They look phenomenal!

  • Yes! The picture quality is unmatched and the pages are WAY thicker and lay flat. Everyone who comes over asks if I got it from a professional photographing place! I think it would be PERFECT to do one of engagement shots (you can even use it as your guest book!) and then another one with wedding pics. You can start a collection of these books for a shelf in your house!

  • Thanks! SO far my FAVORITE photo book! Everyone keeps asking if it was professional!

  • I love that so much!! Generally I'm a pretty frugal lady, but photos are my one thing that I LOVE to have all around the house, so I don't mind splurging on them if I have to. I hope one day you'll share some sneaks of your wedding album? I'm such a fiend for wedding pics right now! haha πŸ™‚

  • Your book is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing

  • Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie

    oh, you and me both! I just love the ones I have.

  • This is a great idea. I have way too many photos on my computer that are just itching to get out and into a little coffee table book!

  • YES! I think this is the perfect style for one (or some) too!

  • YES! Where did you get the ones you have?

  • YAY! Thanks lady!

  • I have some photos under my wedding tab but I'll share my coffee table book one day too!

  • I do all my photo books through shutterfly! They always have amazing deals!!

  • Ah! Love this! I need to make some books!

  • right?!!? I want to make more. and more

  • I'm so bad about printing photos, but I recently got an album of our one year anniversary photos and it means the world to me!

  • YAY! Do more of them!!!